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Creating a culture of awareness

Teachers from the case study school explain the importance of building a culture of awareness about climate and sustainability in the school.

Floreat Montague Park School promotes sustainability – as one of six ‘big ideas’ which are woven throughout the curriculum and the wider approach taken by the school. Teachers and children explain how sustainability is a core part of learning from early years through a ‘weather watcher’ game right through the school journey so children finish with the knowledge, skills and passion for protecting the environment.

Patrick Pritchett, the Headteacher at Floreat Montague Park, is passionate about sustainability and supports staff to share their own enthusiasm for sustainability and climate education outside. In the video, Patrick highlights that drawing on the wider community is a big part of this, but what if you don’t have buy-in or support from senior management or colleagues? Patrick and Helen will discuss this and how to approach other barriers to outdoor learning in Week 2.

You saw in the video, that the school encourages children to make their voices heard and values what they say. You’ll return to the theme of empowering children in Week 2, but before you move on, take a moment to reflect on the kinds of activities that promote this at your school. Share your thoughts in the discussion area below.

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Teaching Climate and Sustainability in Primary Schools: An Outdoor Learning Approach

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